Action call after lorry hits Porthcawl charity shop front

A charity shop manager said damage caused to its Porthcawl premises by a turning lorry was “an accident waiting to happen”.

Sussed, on James Street, was hit when the vehicle’s ill-measured manoeuvre into adjacent Hillsboro Place caused it to collide with the front of the building.

The shop’s manager Margaret Minhinnick, who was on the premises at the time of the crash, said: “Luckily it wasn’t more serious.”

A pedestrian who was also nearby at the time had to stop before being stranded between the buildings and the lorry.

“It was alarming for the person passing by, as the lorry mounted the James Street pavement, which happens often,” added Margaret.

“I was in the office on the first floor and the chairman of Sustainable Wales was in the shop on the ground floor.

“We could see how intimidating the lorry was and how close it was to the shop’s glass window.

“We all ran outside as we were sure it was about to drive right into the shop.

“It was so dangerous. These things happen all the time on this street.”

Since the incident, Margaret has contacted Bridgend County Borough Council, expressing her concerns about safety outside the shop, where lorries often turn after delivering to stores along nearby John Street.

She said: “I have written to the council about the importance of James Street to the town centre and the wholly inadequate entrance to the street from the Hillsboro Place carpark.

“It gives visitors a very poor impression of the town as a whole.

“The need to take a more proactive and appropriate response to vehicles and deliveries using James Street, has to be dealt with.

“The public must see BCBC take action.

“Let’s treat the damage to Sussed as a warning, and act accordingly.”

A Bridgend County Borough Council spokesperson said: “The current highway arrangements for James Street have been in place since nearby John Street was pedestrianised in 1995-96.

“As Hillsboro Place has a single entrance and exit, it is not unusual to see motorists using James Street as a reversing point, but they obviously have a responsibility to do so safely and with due care and attention.

“With bays available at the rear of Hillsboro Place, no loading or unloading is allowed at James Street.

“Double yellow lines have also been installed to prevent vehicles from parking there or otherwise causing an obstruction.

“Council officers visited Sussed in August and have spoken to Mrs Minhinnick about her concerns.

“We’re monitoring the situation closely and will look at whether any further action is required.

“The current regeneration scheme is focusing on improving the pedestrian link at the end of Hillsboro Place, but the design work will ensure that sufficient land is available in the event that an additional exit needs to be introduced at some point in the future and appropriate funding becomes available.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/action-call-after-lorry-hits-5917538